DCC claim GCA/Brain Street U-15 trophy
By Zaheer Mohamed
Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) defeated Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) by 4 wickets toemerge champions of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA)/Brian Street Under-15, 50-over competition when the final was played yesterday at DCC Ground.
The host successfully chased 81 on a disappointing day for the visitors. GNIC found themselves in early trouble after they elected to bat losing the wicket of Bhaskar Yadram (00) who played over a full
delivery from pacer Timothy Mc Almont and was bowled.
Mc Almont then sent back Joshua Persaud (03) at 16-2 before Stephan Campbell and Andrew Clifford showed fight with a third wicket stand of 25. But when Ronnell Brandis had Clifford caught at square leg for 10 and Campbell was dismissed for 18 (2×4), the rest of the batting faltered as they slipped to 61-9.
Tavin Singh and Fadil Hack put together a last wicket stand of 20 to add some respectability to the score; GNIC were bowled out in 33 overs. Sagar Hetheramani was the pick of the bowlers with 3-9 while Brandis claimed 2-7 and Mc Almont 2-21.
DCC began their reply shakily losing the wicket of Clevon Mc Ewan (00) at 4-1, but Raymond Perez and Romain Muniram steadied the chase with a second wicket stand of 52 before Muniram was run out for 09. Perez then lost his stumps to leg spinner Clifford for a well played 32 (1×4 1×6) at 56-3.
Clifford then accounted for Mark Williams while off spinner Bhaskar Yadram sent back Mc Almont and Brandis cheaply to leave the home team in trouble at 60-6, but Alphius Bookie and Ashmead Need saw their team home with a seventh wicket stand of 23; DCC ended on 83-6 in 30 overs.
Nedd finished unbeaten on 12 while Bookie made 09 not out. Clifford captured 2-20, Yadram 2-25 and Persaud 1-27. DCC who also won the League phase of this competition received a trophy and $100,000 while GNIC collected $35,000 and a trophy.
Gandhi Youth Organisation collected $35,000 and a trophy for being the runner up team in the League phase. Players from all three teams were given medals. Players receiving prizes for outstanding performances in the League phase were Mc Almont, the batsman with the highest score (99), Joel Spooner of Transport Sports Club (TSC) bowler with the most wickets (15), Perez batsman with the most runs (275), Colin Barlow of TSC best bowling performance (6-10) and Yadram the most valuable player (146 runs and 13 wickets).
Perez collected the player-of-the-match and best batsman in the final awards, Hatheramani took the prize for the best bowling performance while the best fielder accolade went to Fadil Hack (GNIC).
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, GCA President Roger Harper thanked the sponsors and congratulated both teams. He also paid tribute to GYO. Managing Director of Brain Street Lance Hinds informed that they will continue with their sponsorship and lauded the GCA for a well organised tournament.